Highlights:
• On Wednesday, the UK gave relaxations to fully vaccinated travellers from the US and EU countries by removing the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
• These relaxations will come into effect from Monday.
• India still remains on the red list which means that even if a person is fully vaccinated, they will have to undergo the compulsory 10-day quarantine in the UK.
• Grant Shapps said that since the UK is ravaged by the delta variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, the change in status is expected to be difficult.

On Wednesday, the United Kingdom gave relaxations to fully vaccinated travellers from the United States and European Union (EU) countries by removing the mandatory 10-day quarantine. These relaxations will come into effect from Monday.

Among travellers who are arriving from the “amber list” of countries, only the people who received their Covid-19 vaccine are given relaxation in the UK and can avoid quarantine.

India still remains on the red list, which means that even if a person is fully vaccinated, they will have to undergo the compulsory 10-day quarantine in the UK. The next review will take place by the middle of the next week.

Grant Shapps, UK Transport Secretary, has said that they have taken great strides on their journey to reopen international travel and today is another important step forward. He also added that whether a family is reuniting for the first time since the start of the pandemic or a business is benefiting from increased trade, this is the progress everyone can enjoy.

Shapps said that further relaxations will depend on the latest scientific data. He also added that since the UK is ravaged by the delta variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, the change in status is expected to be difficult. Shapps also said that France too is out of the amber list due to a surge in Beta variant cases in the country.

Last week, India had urged the UK government to remove it from the red list. Harsh Shringla, the Foreign Secretary, went to the UK on a two-day visit and met the UK foreign officials and told them the pandemic situation in India is improving. He also said that Mumbai, Delhi are “practically free of Covid-19”.

Neil Ferguson, UK’s top epidemiologist, said that the end of the pandemic in Britain could be just months away.

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